“In the back of my mind, I operated knowing I had another week,” McVay said. “That urgency to completely finalize the gameplan wasn’t quite there, and that led to me watching so much film that you can almost water down your thought process.”
“You have so much time that you can overprepare and get away from some of the things that helped you get there,” he said. “I watched every game from New England’s season [including their previous two Super Bowls]. You see stuff that work in, say, Week 3, but you forget about the amount of stuff that’s taken place since Week 3. You can watch so much film that you lose perspective.”
Super Bowl LIII was a more defensive game, as the final outcome was Patriots 13, Rams 3.
While there’s no one specific reason for determining the result of Super Bowl LIII, McVay believes a big part of the problem was his focus being on the Patriots and not the strengths that his squad had to get there in the first place.